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Amaldus Nielsen

Morning at Ny-Hellesund

Morning at Ny-Hellesund

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About the original:

In 1881, Amaldus Nielsen was in Ny-Hellesund for the first time, a safe harbor where boats could seek shelter in bad weather. One morning he got up early and made a study of the sound bath in the morning light. The study became the starting point for this picture, painted in the studio a few years later. Over the years there would be a number of versions of this popular motif. The paintings bear witness to an artist with a flair for depicting light and atmosphere through precise registrations. Typical of his view of art is the statement he gave in a conversation with the poet Vilhelm Krag: "... do you think I'm sloppy when I paint a subject I like? Nature has a face just like people and it is these faces that I paint."

Amaldus Nielsen is a transitional figure between national romanticism and naturalism and one of the first plein air painters in Norwegian art. He is particularly known for his coastal motifs and is often called the "painter of the South".

Text: Frithjof Bringager

From "Highlights. Art from Antiquity to 1945", The National Museum 2014, ISBN 978-82-8154-084-2

Date: 1885

Other titles: Morning in Ny-Hellesund (ENG)

Designation: Painting

Material and technique: Oil on canvas

Technique: Oil

Material: Canvas

Dimensions: H 101.2 x W 175 x D 3.7 cm

Subject: Visual arts

Classification: 532 - Visual arts

Type of motif: Landscape

Acquisition: Gift from ladies in Kristiania 1886

Inventory no.: NG.M.00326

Part of exhibition: Art 3. Works from the collection 1814-1950, 2007 - 2011

Art and non-art in the National Gallery. The clean-up April 1942, 1942

Along the coast. Gude and his students around 1870, 2016

Registration level: Single object

Owner and collection: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Visual Art Collections

Photo: Høstland, Børre/Lathion, Jacques

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Amaldus Nielsen

Amaldus Nielsen was a Norwegian landscape painter from Mandal, who lived in the 19th century. He was inspired by Hans Gude's realistic style and became known for depicting the landscapes of Western and Southern Norway in his paintings. Nielsen's motifs consist of coastal and fjord landscapes, which he painted with a solid study of nature that made the transition from Düsseldorf to naturalism. Nielsen's best works were often painterly en plein air sketches and in the 1880s he began to paint his large canvases outdoors. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1854 and with Hans Gude in Düsseldorf in the years 1857–1859 and Karlsruhe in 1867–1868, before returning home to Norway. The National Museum/National Gallery in Oslo owns 11 of his pictures, which show both the idyllic and lyrical-elegiac side of his art. Among his most famous paintings are "Morgen ved Ny-Hellesund" (1885) and "Lonely place" (1901). Nielsen's heirs donated close to 300 of his works, mainly studies, to Oslo municipality in 1933. These works were later exhibited in the newly restored Gamle Logen in Oslo from 1988 and from 1994 in the Stenersen Museum in Oslo.